Capital squeeze

Capital squeeze

With financing still hard to secure, some brands explore nontraditional lending

Bank of America and GE Capital are currently running TV commercials touting their lending partnerships with clients — Pink’s Hot Dogs and Wendy’s franchisee Bridgeman Foods, respectively — but ask most operators today whether they can easily secure a loan, and the answer will be no.

Annual chain restaurant loan originations are still below 2008 levels, according to Restaurant Research LLC, a restaurant data analysis firm in Redding Ridge, Conn. Loan orig

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